People who live or work in Long Eaton are being advised to keep a close eye on members of their household and look out for additional symptoms which may be a sign they have coronavirus following a large outbreak at a school in the area.

Contact tracers found that some people who had a direct link to Wilsthorpe Academy where the outbreak took place and who had tested positive for the virus had other symptoms aside from a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – which are the main symptoms of coronavirus.

The additional symptoms are:

  • tummy ache
  • sore throat
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling or being sick
  • headaches
  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • feeling drowsy
  • tiredness
  • generally feeling poorly

As a precaution, anyone with any of these symptoms are being advised to get a PCR test – tests that are sent to a laboratory – at our mobile PCR testing station set up in the car park outside West Park Leisure Centre on Wilsthorpe Road.

These tests are by appointment only and you can book online or by calling NHS 119

Anyone with a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste should self-isolate immediately and book a test in the same way.

Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire, said:

“There is no evidence at present to suggest this is a new variant or variant of concern, although we continue to monitor the situation closely.

“We’re doing everything we can to quickly follow up new positive cases and their close contacts and from speaking to those who’ve tested positive in the area we know that many have symptoms other than a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

“That’s why we’re advising anyone in the area to get a PCR test if they experience a tummy ache, sore throat, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, feeling or being sick, headaches, joint pain, muscle ache, runny nose, sneezing, feeling drowsy, tiredness, muscle aches or generally feeling poorly, as it could be a sign that they have coronavirus.

“This is just a precaution to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the area and people with no symptoms at all are also advised to get tested regularly using lateral flow tests – the rapid tests that give results in 30 minutes. This is because one in 3 people with virus have no symptoms at all.”

Lateral flow tests are available for people without any symptoms at the community testing centre inside West park Leisure Centre. This testing centre is open Monday to Friday from 7.45am to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 7.45am to 4pm. No booking required, just turn up.

You can also pick up lateral flow testing kits to use at home from here or from participating local pharmacies.

Mr Wallace added:

“This outbreak is a timely reminder that COVID hasn’t gone away and efforts we make now to bring the virus under control mean less people will be infected and can continue with their daily lives.

“While we’re all looking forward to doing more of the things we love, people should continue to follow government guidance to stay apart, wash hands regularly and wear a face covering unless exempt.”